New Adventures

Hello again everybody! Yep, that’s right – I’m giving y’all two blogs in one week!! I was so amazed at all the love my first blog received that I couldn’t resist to bother you all again. 🙂

So, here we go again…

My blog is meant to be for fun right now. I am a 20 something year old, married, and living in Colorado. Needless to say – life is pretty fun right now and full of adventure. What is so crazy about life is that it can’t be planned. The only one who knows the plan is the big man upstairs and it gives me comfort when I really think about it. For example, I have been trying to get a full-time teaching job for the last two years in Colorado. I have been a part-time 1st grade teacher, substitute teacher, a nanny, and taught 2nd grade for half a year. It brings me comfort that God has a plan for me, but not to say that it isn’t hard to understand right now. Why has it been so difficult? Why have I not been able to land that full-time teaching job at a great school? I don’t know! It’s kind of refreshing though, because I know God has something in store for me. It could be teaching. It could be something else entirely. The thing is, we are not supposed to know! We are just supposed to listen, wait, and be happy with what you do know. Now, it’s a lot easier said (or in this case written) than done. I have been frustrated, impatient, and emotional about my career. Just ask my husband! 😀

I guess it’s been frustrating because I thought – you go to college, graduate, find a great job, and possibly get married sometime around that time. I didn’t expect life to go perfectly, but I thought college = job. What is comforting is that I’m not the only one. I have had many friends struggling with the same thing. We enjoy venting about our hatred for job hunting. I have turned to God more and more through all of this and have realized that if life were perfect, what would be the fun in that? The fact is that I am happy. I love my life! I have had a wonderful family all my life that I miss so much each and every day. I have new and old friends that I am enjoying life with. I was one of the lucky ones who met their best friend in college and gets to be married to him. I have the opportunity to live in Colorado, a state I have loved since the first time I visited. I have the cutest puppy in the entire world!! I am a follower of Christ. I have the desire to do good in the world and do something great! There is a lot more to be happy about than to be sad. I know life will still throw us curveballs. I know that hardships are inevitable. I know that I will continue to have times where I don’t understand God’s plan. But for right now, I am enjoying my adventure and I’m enjoying sharing it with others.

I challenge you to think of 3 things you’ve always wanted to do or try right now. Whatever comes to your mind first. Doesn’t matter how big or small. For example, mine are to 1) start a blog 2) bungee jump 3) go to a drive-in movie. See how quick that was for you! Now, just do one. Make a plan. Find a friend. Just do one. That is how I am treating life right now. If there’s something I’d like to do, I am going to find a way to just do it.

Dakota & I recently made a “just do it” decision that was a pretty big one. We have decided to move to Aspen, CO. No, we didn’t just wake up one morning and say, “Hey, you know what we should do? Move to the mountains!”. Aspen has actually been a popular topic for over a year now. Dakota works for this awesome construction company, Haselden and they brought up that they were doing this big job up in Aspen last year. He is one of the few young people at Haselden that doesn’t have kids and has a wife that hasn’t found a full-time career (I can make fun of myself). We were actually committed to moving there last year, but the job was postponed. Well, it recently came up again from Dakota. He has mentioned moving to the mountains many times since our move to Colorado so I know it’s been something he’s wanted to do for some time now. Funny story – I had just landed a full-time job as an assistant for this great company when Dakota found out Aspen was an option again. Dakota stressed about the decision for many days while I was like, “Let’s just do it! Obviously, there is something calling us there”. So, we are. Dakota & I are officially committed to moving to Aspen for 20 months and I have no idea what is to come there but I couldn’t be more excited.

Now, think about it. I have been trying to get a full-time teaching job for two years. I didn’t get rehired at the last school I taught at due to a new school opening nearby and the school having too many teachers per grade level. I believe, that all of this happened because God knew that if I found a full-time teaching job right when I moved to Colorado, I wouldn’t have wanted to quit and move to the mountains. Dakota & I wouldn’t be enjoying this amazing opportunity to live in Aspen where we can ski, hike, and bike whenever we want. Isn’t it weird how life works out? Isn’t it weird that God’s plan can confuse and frustrate you for two years but then you find out the reason one day and you’re like, “Wow! I feel a little stupid for doubting Him at times”.

The point is that (if you’re a follower of Christ) God has a plan and he is not forgetting about you. He isn’t up there like, “Oh gosh! I totally forgot that Tori is down there still needing a job and I forgot to lead her to one.” No – God knows and has known from the beginning. If you’re lost, confused, or frustrated just take the time to talk to Him. Read the word, pray, talk it out with someone close to you, or find a hobby to distract you until the plan becomes more clear. I’m not perfect at this and I’m not using this blog to pretend to be. I struggle with taking my frustrations to God. It’s a relationship I am working on each and every day because I know he has a plan for me. I can’t wait for more moments where his plan becomes clear to me and I look back at everything that lead up to it.

Everything happens for a reason

  • Don’t forget that there is a plan to it all even when we don’t understand.
  • Don’t forget to lean on others and ask for help.
  • Don’t forget to just do it sometimes.
  • Don’t forget to try to do things you’ve always wanted to do.
  • Don’t forget to love yourself and be happy with what you do know.

 

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